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Pangea - The Neverending World (also called Rexy) is a Hungarian 3D animated short film from 2009, by the animation studio Aenima CGS. 7 minutes long, it follows the adventures of a young Tyrannosaurus rex named Rexy.

In 2020, a sequel called Rexy and the Volcano was released by the same creators.

This short provides examples of:

  • All-CGI Cartoon: The short uses 3D computer animation.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology:
    • Rexy and his mother both stand too upright. And while Rexy, accurately, has two fingers on each hand, his mother has three. In the sequel short, Rexy is also redesigned with three fingers...
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    • Despite the title, Pangaea has long been broken up into several continents by the time of the late Cretaceous when most animals appearing in the short lived.
    • The raptors in Rexy and the Volcano are the old-school, scaly kind.
    • Tyrannosaurus could not glide through the air like a video game character with a wingsuit, as Rexy does in the second short.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Rexy's mother arrives just in time to save him from the Spinosaurus.
  • Chasing a Butterfly: At the beginning of the short, Rexy chases a butterfly, which leads him away from his nest to a ravine he almost falls in. Later, he is also attacked by a Spinosaurus.
  • Mama Bear: Rexy's mother, a protective mother T. rex.
  • Paddleball Shot: There's a handful of these, just for the sake of showing off the 3D effects; e.g. vines hanging towards the camera in the opening scene, and a pterosaur screaming at the camera.
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  • Papa Wolf: In Rexy and the Volcano, it's Rexy's father who shows up and saves his son from a trio of hungry raptors.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: After Rexy's mother rescues him from the Spinosaurus, their happy reunion is accompanied by "The Blue Danube Waltz" by Johann Strauss II, which continues into the end credits.
  • Random Events Plot: Both shorts lack an overarching narrative; it's just Rexy bumping into one creature after another while his parents are searching for him.
  • Raptor Attack: The antagonists of Rexy and the Volcano are a trio of featherless, Jurassic Park-esque raptors.
  • Same Plot Sequel: Rexy and the Volcano is pretty much a re-hash of the first short: Rexy strays away while his parents are asleep, encounters a bunch of colorful creatures, then gets menaced by a predator but gets saved just in time by one of his parents.
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  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Most of the time, Rexy just makes random baby sounds (pretty much constantly). However, sometimes you can hear actual words in his chatter (most notably, "mama").
  • Spinosaurus Versus T. rex: Towards the end of the original short, an enormous Spinosaurus tries to devour Rexy, but his mother arrives and manages to scare the Spinosaurus away.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: All animals appearing to the short belong to well-known species such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Pteranodon, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops and Spinosaurus. The sequel adds a pack of scaly raptors and a plesiosaur to the mix.
  • Straying Baby: Rexy, right after hatching, wanders away from his nest and ends up in danger.